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The university was founded in 1928, and today it has several world-class research fields. Aarhus University (AU) is a top ten university among universities founded within the past 100 years. It has a long tradition of partnerships with some of the world's best research institutions and university networks.

AU has a strong commitment to society's development that is realized through its collaboration with government agencies and institutions and the business community.

The university's goal is to contribute towards solving the complex global challenges facing the world. Therefore, the university strives to combine the high level of academic standards of its researchers with collaboration across disciplinary boundaries to combine research in new ways.

This takes place in close contact with the world around us and creates the basis for the university to be internationally competitive within research, education, talent development, and knowledge exchange.

Research at Aarhus University is partly organized in departments distributed among four main academic areas, and partly in centers of excellence.

Aarhus University also comprises several interdisciplinary centers.

Two researchers from the university have received the Nobel Prize, firstly in Chemistry (1997), and subsequently in economics (2010). Several highly coveted research awards and grants have also gone to many researchers at Aarhus University. There are more than 6,000 researchers (4,300 full-time equivalents) at the university, including approximately 2,000 Ph.D. students.

The study programs at AU are based on and integrated with the research activities. They are developed in close collaboration between employers, academic staff, and students. Aarhus University's most significant contribution to society is its graduates.

AU has 44,500 students (2012) – of which 5,000 are international students. The university has an annual intake of just under 7,000 students, while 4,000 students graduate each year. AU was the first university in Denmark to recruit students to the Ph.D. program before they were awarded their Master's degree.

The development of research talents and the recruitment of researchers is a common task with high priority. Therefore, the university offers talent development of an international standard, and the Ph.D. programs are a significant foundation for the university's activities.

AU has a long-standing tradition of working with talented students already from the Bachelor's degree level. The Ph.D. degree programs at Aarhus University are integrated into four graduate schools. There are 1,900 Ph.D. students, of which 25 percent are international students.

AU has established extensive and robust knowledge exchange activities. In interaction with the outside world, the university makes a significant contribution to the development of society in both a Danish and international context.

The university has a unique position as a supplier of research-based consultancy to government agencies and institutions within the environment and energy, agriculture and food, culture and learning, and forensic medicine.

The university collaborates with the Central Denmark Region on Aarhus University Hospital and the associated healthcare system.

Besides, researchers from Aarhus University collaborate with other external partners in government agencies, institutions, and private organizations and companies. AU offers a comprehensive program of continuing and further education programs that ensure life-long learning for many social groups.

Aarhus University's Strategy 2013-2020 was adopted on 5 March 2013 by the Aarhus University Board. The strategy confirms and strengthens the university's commitment to the course that it has already set and consolidates its engagement in society.

The strategy focuses on three strategic priorities:

  • Primary research and core disciplines of the highest quality will generate research breakthroughs and collaborate to produce new interdisciplinary research
  • Reliable research-based degree programs for all students combined with supplementary academic activities and challenges for the most talented and motivated students
  • Internationalised teaching and research programs that contribute to the high concentration and mobility of talent at all levels.


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